Fiesta del Agua (Water Festival). Jimera de Líbar. August. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
The rugged landscape of Jimera de Líbar in the Guadiaro Valley is dotted with beautiful hills covered with holm oaks, cork oaks, and bushes. The town is perched on the slope of a mountain in one of the most spectacular valleys in Málaga—the Guadiaro Valley, in the heart of the Serranía de Ronda as part of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The privileged microclimate here allows for a great variety of natural environments, including an extensive Mediterranean forest of gall oaks, wild olive trees, and hawthorns that is crossed from side to side by the Guadiaro River.
Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, and the water is used to celebrate the Water Festival among other purposes. In August, the festival brings together locals and visitors alike to take part in water fights with buckets all day long, lowering the heat felt at this time of year in the village.
Jimera will arrange plenty of water activities for an exciting day to remember.
While this is a must-experience event, the municipality also enjoys an extensive array of hiking trails where local flora and fauna can be found, such as gall oaks, cork oaks, and black poplars, as well as animals like buzzards, herons and bee-eaters. Some of these trails today still preserve cobblestone paths and the remains of ancient inns and—either wheat or oil—mills.
Jimera's traditional cuisine is known for its cocidos (stews), migas, tagarninas (Spanish oyster thistle) or green asparagus omelettes, soups of vinegar, and the “malcocinao” dish—all served with desserts including rosemary honey on flakes, roscos de vino (wine bread rolls), roscones (ring-shaped cakes), huevos “nevaos” (eggs with meringue), suspiros (meringue bites), and small muffins.
The town centre is divided into two separate areas: one is “El Pueblo” (“The Village” in Spanish), rising up on the mountainside, and the other is the “Barrio de la Estación” (“La Estación” Neighbourhood) on the banks of the Guadiaro River. This area features country-style houses—inherited from the Mudejar past—that perfectly follow the winding layout of the streets.